Single women are getting married to trees

There are even bouquets to throw at the ceremony

There was even a bouquet to throw – though presumably one of the humans caught it, rather than a guest from the trees’ side of the family.

Legality

The weddings are not legally binding. Trees can’t consent to marital union – but they do need our protection.

The wedding was designed to draw attention to the problem of illegal logging in San Jacinto Amilpas, Oaxaca state.

Around a third of Mexico’s land area is covered by forest, and there is a widespread problem with illegal logging, mostly controlled by criminal groups.

Raise profile

Oaxaca is one of the five states worst hit by deforestation, and by the ‘marriage’ stunt campaigners hope to raise the profile of attempts to protect woodland.

‘Marry a tree’ began as a ritual of giving thanks to Mother Earth carried out by the organisation ‘Bedani’, and later gave way to a symbolic wedding based on Inca customs where women and men ‘marry’ trees in a rite led by Peruvian actor and environmentalist Richard Torres.

You could do a lot worse, frankly.

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